In recognition of #NationalPlayDohDay, September 16th, the American Action Forum channeled its collective youthful spirit to approach policy and data in a new way -- with Play-Doh.
Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Roberts and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) today.
Earlier this year, the State Department declared that it would put on hold consideration for the Keystone XL pipeline to allow Nebraska to resolve a pertinent legal dispute. That decision highlighted a protracted legal battle asking one question with broad consequence: was the pipeline route through the state decided according to a legal process?
The Department of Energy (DOE) has published yet another round of efficiency standards. This set focuses on “packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs).” The products in question are moderately sized temperature control units generally found in a hotel or hospital room.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and the rapid worsening of the financial crisis that began in late 2007. Consistent with its style-over-substance approach to policy, the White House National Economic Council used the occasion to tout the state of the economy and its regulatory response to the crisis.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was designed in 1997 to provide health insurance to children whose family income exceeded Medicaid eligibility, but was insufficent to purchase private coverage. However, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many families no longer need CHIP. With funding set to expire next year, the question becomes: who still needs CHIP?
In an event that went largely unnoticed, this past Thursday the House passed H.R. 3522, the “Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2014." Its passage was notable for three reasons. First, on the substance, it would allow insurers to offer any small group health insurance plans that they offered in 2013 through 2018.
It was yet another slow week for federal regulatory activity. Regulators added only $5.9 million in annualized costs, $1.5 million in benefits, and 351,000 paperwork burden hours. The Comptroller of the Currency finalized the most notable rulemaking, standards for large banks, insured savings institutions, and insured federal branches.
The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) recently moved to considering a more activity-based approach to oversight and regulation of nonbanks in its dealing with asset managers. By identifying those activities that they believe truly pose a threat to financial stability, they can offer companies an opportunity to remedy any shortcomings in their engagement in those activities, or even divest if that is the least costly solution.
AAF polling shows that Americans are deeply concerned about the cost of college, but they have little interest in having either the federal or state governments trying to solve the problem.